Nine enthusiastic crews competed in another round of the Grant Thornton Keelboat series in Simpson Bay and completed races 16 to 19 of the Season Championship. This day produced some interesting developments in the sailing competition.
The first race was won by FKG with a 12 second margin and squeezed out IGY racing who might have taken their first race win. Race two was won by 29 seconds by Caraibes Diesel sailed by Erwan Le Normand who has been working hard at developing his speed. In races three and four Team Island Water World sailed by Frits Bus woke up and took firsts with the biggest margins of the day (1 min 10 sec and 1 min 25 sec) and thereby proceeded to emphatically and deservedly win the day prize. The second place went to FKG and the third place to Wanna Be who managed greater consistency than the rest of the fleet.
It was also noted that Team Island Water World 2, the youth team helmed by Justin Pieterse took two fourth places.
Two teams suffered some limited equipment failure being IGY racing (battens) and Kick em Jenny (upper spreader).
At the back of the fleet Benny Oosterhof developed some greater speed and is getting closer to the pack.
Bunglebird managed to end up on 8th place.
The yacht club will be hosting an orientational team racing event using Jeanneau 20’s on Saturday 13th February and on the 28th of February another Grant Thornton keel boat race is scheduled.